Péter Cserne joined the University of Aberdeen as a reader in law in June 2020. He was promoted to Personal Chair with effect from August 2022.
He is the Law School's Director of Postgraduate Research.
A lawyer and economist by training, he has published widely on jurisprudence, comparative law, contract law and the history of legal and political thought.
Péter earned his Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has held visiting positions at Columbia, Oxford, Toronto, and Genoa Universities, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private Law. In 2022 he was a fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study. He is an Extramural Fellow of Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and the founder and convener of MetaLawEcon, an international academic network for research on the foundations of Law & Economics.
Before joining Aberdeen, Péter taught at Northumbria and Hull Universities in England, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary.
- PhD Law2008 - University of Hamburg
- Dr habil Law2016 - University of DebrecenHabilitation or venia legendi is a post-doctoral qualification required for a professorship.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
member of University Postgraduate Research Committee
chair of Law School Postgraduate Research Policy Committee
member of Law School Research Committee
member of Law School Education Committee
- External Memberships
- extramural fellow, Tilburg Law and Economics Centre (TILEC)
- founder and convenor, MetaLawEcon research network
- co-convenor, Juris North Legal and Political Philosophy Discussion Group
- member of the advisory board, Central and Eastern European Forum for Legal, Political and Social Theorists
- co-editor, Central and Eastern European Forum for Legal, Political and Social Theory Yearbooks (Peter Lang)
- member of Editorial Board, Economics Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship (Springer)
- member of International Advisory Board, On Ethics and Economics (Rowman&Littlefield)
- member of Editorial Board, Hungarian Journal of Legal Studies – Acta Juridica Hungarica
Prizes and Awards
Best thesis award, European Master in Law and Economics, 2004
- law and economics
- contract law from comparative, philosophical and economic perspectives
- private law theory
- history of political and legal thought, especially Max Weber and Central and Eastern Europe
I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- nudging and behavioural interventions as regulatory techniques
- new technologies and algorithms as objects and alternatives of regulation by law
2010– MetaLawEcon research network (founder and convenor, with F Esposito, A Stojanovic, F Figueroa Zimmermann)
2015–9 Law and style: Conceptualising ‘style’ in law and legal scholarship, with Viktor LÅ‘rincz and Miklós Könczöl (Institute for Legal Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
2016–8 Sustainable consumption: Information regulation, consumer democracy, and the rule of law, with Jörn Reinhardt (University of Bremen)
2009–12 Convergence and Divergence of National Legal Systems: coping with the challenges of globalization, project leader Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University), funded by The Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law
Past PhD supervision
David Bull: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Standard Form Contracts in Business Transactions, University Hull (2019)
Jan Broulík: Economics in Legal Decision-Making, Tilburg University, Netherlands (2017)
Funding and Grants
- 30.000€ Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study, 6 months funded research fellowship and teaching buyout, Jan to June 2022
- 3480€ Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (with Hans-Bernd Schäfer) for international conference on “Economics and Philosophy in Private Law Theory”, 5–6 July 2019
- 3250€ European University Institute (EUI), Florence (with Fabrizio Esposito) for international conference on “Economic Law and Economic Theory: Defining the Domain of “Law and Economics”, 12–13 December 2018
- 5000€ University of Hamburg “Competence Centre Sustainable University” (with Jörn Reinhardt) for international conference on “Sustainable consumption: Information regulation, consumer behaviour, and the rule of law”, 7–8 September 2017
- 4500€ University of Amsterdam, Paul Scholten Centre and Centre for Law and Economics (with Bas Schotel) for international conference on “Law and coercion: the role of public and private enforcement in law”, 10–11 December 2015
- 1.600.000 HUF stipend for 4 months visiting fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest, Oct 2015– Jan 2016
- € 7500 ZiF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research), Bielefeld, competitive grant for conference organization, 2012
- LS2536 Introduction to Comparative Law
- LS2540 Comparative Law II: The Romano-Germanic Tradition
- LS552K Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions
- LS50R1 Advanced Research Skills for Postgraduate Researchers
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Consultation Response to the UK Government’s Policy Proposals on AI Regulation: A Pro-Innovation ApproachUniversity of Aberdeen: School of Law. 20 pages.Other Contributions: Other Contributions
Economic analyses of repugnant market transactions: a modest typologyJournal of Institutional Economics, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 930-943Contributions to Journals: Articles
Judicial Formalism and Regional Legal Identity in Central and Eastern EuropeLaw, Culture and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe: A Comparative Engagement. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 82-97, 16 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Merit goodsChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Gazdaság és jogChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Commentary to the Commission’s proposal for the “AI Act” – Response to selected issuesNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Freedom of ContractEncyclopedia of Law and Economics. Marciano, A., Ramello, G. B. (eds.). 2nd edition. Springer, 9 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Review of ‘Die Mitte zwischen Holz und Theologie. Eine Art Bilanz, by Ralf Dreier’Jurisprudence, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 117-121Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Private law: transactional or social?Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Discourses on Judicial Formalism in Central and Eastern Europe: Symptom of an Inferiority Complex?European Review, vol. 28, no. 6, pp. 880-891Contributions to Journals: Articles